"The Eternal Purpose Which He Accomplished"

 by Steve Klein

TEXT: Ephesians 3:11

INTRO: God can do anything He purposes to do.  Job 42:2, "I know that You can do everything, And that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You."  Ephesians 3:11 speaks of the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord" But what is this purpose?  If we can understand that, we can understand our purpose.

I. The Purpose (Ephesians 1:3-6) 

  A. That we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, Ephesians 1:4 (cf. 1:7)

  B. Adoption as sons Ephesians 1:5 (Romans 8:28-29) ILLUS: God wants children who want to be His children: There was a ripple of excitement all through the orphanage, for a great lady had come to take little Jane home with her. The girl herself was bewildered with the thought. "Do you want to go with me and be my child?" the lady asked in gentle tones. "I don't know," said Jane timidly. "But I'm going to give you beautiful clothes and a lot of things, a room of your own with beautiful bed and table and chairs." After a moment's silence, the little one said anxiously: "But what am I to do for all this?" The lady burst into tears. "Only to love me, and be my child," she said as she folded the little girl in her arms. God adopts us, protects us, and give us an inheritance in glory. All He asks in return is that we should love Him, and be His children --Children's Record

II. The Plan accomplished in Christ (Ephesians 1:7-12)

  A. In the giving of His Son. Hebrews 2:9-10,  But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone. {10} For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings

  B. In the fullness of times; Galatians 4:4-5,  But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, {5} to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.

  C. The Crucifixion of Christ was the culmination of God's plan.

  D. If salvation through Christ crucified was the plan, then everything leading up to that was part of the plan!


III. The Power that worked the plan:

  A. Given to Heroes who were involved in the unfolding of the plan (the prophets) 

  B. Given to heroes who revealed the accomplishment of the plan

Conclusion: God has a purpose for this world.  He had a reason for all that He did. He wanted to save the world; He wanted to save you - John 3:16



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